Help -need to Identify two crabs

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Dirkcnw, 24 Jun 2012.

  1. Dirkcnw

    Dirkcnw

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    Hi all,

    I have two crabs in my aquarium -

    First crab- is a brown crab with long legs - legs is brown and white stripes
    Second crab - looks like a stone or coral

    I have only noticed them at night.

    Will this crab be save to keep or must i try to remove them

    Thanks
     
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  3. Ayoob

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    To be on the safe side have them removed, wouldn't want them killing coral and fish in future. Posting a picture would also give you a positive id.
     
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    Hi Dirk,

    In general, crabs with small pinchers in relation to their front legs, are filter feeders, and crabs with big, thick pincers, ar predatory.

    Pics will definately aid in identification... You can try to catch them with a piece of hake in a glass that you lean against the rock that they are on/in.

    Edit: when you do catch them, PLEASE don't just flush them!! Just sump them if you have a sump, or give them to a fellow reefer with a sump... I know of one reefer who already has 2 hitchhikers in his sump with no problems, and mine will follow suit as soon as I can catch it!
     
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  5. MistaOrange

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    Pics will help. I agree a glass with a piece of hake should trap them & when u do catch them then take pics & post it then we can maybe id them. Good luck
     
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